Sunday, October 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Giants 27, Redskins 23
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' breathtaking victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
What it means: Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are a tough team to beat, but Eli Manning and the Giants are still the defending Super Bowl champs. And in one of the all-time acts of one-upmanship, Manning ripped a victory away from Griffin in the final minutes. After Griffin put the Redskins on top with a touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 1:30 left in the game, Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 to go. The Redskins got the ball back, but a fumble by Moss cut short their final comeback attempt, and the 5-2 Giants seized control of the NFC East.
Burgundy kryptonite: Manning always struggles against the Redskins, and Sunday's first 58 minutes were no exception. He struggled all day to get on the same page with Cruz, missing him in the end zone once, and threw two interceptions before redeeming himself with the final bomb to Cruz that won the game. In three games over the past two seasons against the Redskins, Manning has six interceptions and now just the one touchdown. But what a touchdown it was.
The new kid: It wasn't an incredibly easy day for Griffin, either, as the Giants were able to pressure him with defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Griffin was sacked three times, fumbled twice and threw an interception. Of course, he also rushed for 89 yards and eluded Pierre-Paul on a key fourth-down conversion with two minutes left in the game, then ran for 24 yards on a scramble to help set up his 30-yard go-ahead touchdown to Moss.
Redskins running: In what everyone universally recognizes as a passing league, the Redskins continue to insist on running the ball, and they did it with great success against the Giants on Sunday. It was their 13th game in a row with at least 100 yards rushing. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the second-longest such streak in the league coming into this week was two games in a row by the Giants and the Rams.
Injuries: The biggest was to Washington tight end Fred Davis, who left the game in the first quarter with, according to reports, the Redskins fear is a torn left Achilles' tendon. That would end Davis' season and rob the Washington passing attack of another important downfield weapon. Redskins linebacker London Fletcher left the game with a right hamstring injury. Fletcher has played in 231 consecutive games.
What's next: The Redskins will travel to Pittsburgh, where they will play the Steelers in a 1 p.m. ET game next Sunday. The Giants head to Dallas for an important 4:25 p.m. ET divisional showdown against the Cowboys.